|Police in central Nghệ An Province give inmates their belongs before they are released under the amnesty programme ahead of National Day 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Nhật|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — There will be no amnesty for inmates ahead of National Day this year, the Directorate of Criminal Judgment Enforcement and Judicial Aids announced on Thursday.
Instead, eligible prison inmates will be released before term three times a year.
This is a part of the national plan on conditional release for inmates, approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in July 2016. The plan will be implemented as of January 1, 2018.
Under the plan, over the next two years, around 20,000 inmates will be released before their sentence terms are over. Every commune and ward will be responsible for overseeing two or three such inmates. An official from the directorate told Vnexpress.net that the release actually means the inmates would serve their sentences at home instead of in prisons.
The early release is expected to save the state budget VNĐ200 billion annually, as well as help reduce around 3,000 employees working in prisons.
Previously, on major national occasions such as the National Day (September 2) and Reunification Day (April 30), amnesty was granted to thousands of inmates who served their sentences with good behaviour.
Last year, on National Day, nearly 25,000 inmates had their prison terms reduced under the amnesty programme. While 2,100 prisoners were cleared the rest of their jail time and returned home, 130 others had their life sentence reduced to 20-30 years in jail. — VNS